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Get Free Apps Every Week With Google Play’s New Feature

Google wants to encourage users to download apps from Google Play rather than their default app stores

 

As more users turn to their default app stores, Google is taking steps to change that, in order to encourage people to use the Google Play Store, Google will offer a free “app of the week”. With more users turning to Samsung, Amazon, and whatever their default app store is, the move seems essential.

Google Play’s latest offering, the “app of the week” feature will offer a wide array of apps, form productivity apps to a game launcher; users will be able to download the featured app for free, while they would have had to pay for it otherwise.

The real challenge here however is the fact that these apps are not very easy to spot, users will have to keep their eye out for the featured app of the week given there isn’t a banner screaming “free app”. It all comes down to your curiosity and how good you are at a treasure hunt; for instance, the current offering is hidden away under a banner labeled “New Family Fun”, upon clicking on it you will be directed to the family section, and finally you’ll be able to spot a banner saying “free app of the week promo from the PBS Kids”. However, you still won’t have any clue as to what the app is until you click on it.

The free app currently featured is a kids’ game called Daniel Tiger Grr-ific Feelings, originally $2.99, the app is obtainable for free under Google Play’s new offering. But users will have to do their research on the free app, all Google play is telling you is that it was previously priced at $2.99 and now it’s free, the rest is up to you if you’re still interested.

It goes without saying that users are grateful for anything free, but let’s just hope that this process is more streamlined after the official kinks are worked out. With the latest promotion, users will be more than willing to keep an eye out for the best apps which are now offered for free.

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Smart Suitcases By Samsung Group And Samsonite

Smart suitcases are coming and they plan to make our travels comfortable, and our airport hassles minimized as well

Everything is becoming smart these days, it started with the smartphone revolution; we saw smart cars and are now witnessing a smart home takeover. This time around your luggage plans to grab the title of being smart. Meet Samsung’s and Samsonite’s joint collaboration in the smart suitcases department. Both the companies are working to create luggage that is smart enough to tell where it is and more.

Nobody likes lost luggage and most travelers have gone through the nightmare of airlines misplacing passenger suitcases and as a result, stranding them in a foreign country without their bare essentials. It can be frustrating and is not a pleasant experience. Daily Mail reports that the joint effort currently utilizes GPS to track the luggage and identify the user of its location.

The luggage will even be able to alert a passenger, when it has been opened and whether it has been tampered with or not. Alerts will also be sent out, when an owner moves further away from the baggage. There is no retail availability announced for this smart luggage and are still in trial phases.

Samsonite is also working on a prototype of self-propelling luggage, which has an engine and follows its owner six inches behind. Gone are the worries of carting luggage through the bustle of an airport. The current models take up a third of the baggage space and this also means an additional 20kgs, and thus, not a very viable option.

Another likely possibility in the smart suitcase category is the luggage that checks-in itself at an airport without the owner worrying about it. Emirates, KLM Air France, and Lufthansa are already on board with Samsonite on this project. The luggage will contain a chip, which will identify its owner at the airport and will be programmed with an airline’s details, destination, and time. All an owner needs is to drop the bag at the carousel. It will be weighed and the details along with a unique code for the bag will be sent to a user on the mobile device.

The technology will be bogged down by compatibility issues, of airlines not supporting this tech, security issues on airports, and airlines refusing to let users connect with their baggage. This is not the first foray in to the connected baggage area and Bluesmart, an indiegogo project, raised funds to be the world’s first connected carry-on and has features such as remote unlocking, location tracking, proximity notification, and a built-in scale inside the bag.